ESPN Picks Up NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament Through 2024

DETROIT - APRIL 10: Head coach Jerry York of the Boston College Eagles celebrates after winning the championship game of the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four on April 10, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Boston College defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 5-0 to win the national title. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

When Jerry York and the Eagles win their 10th National Championship in 2024, Eagles fans will be tuned in to ESPN.

ESPN, Inc. and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) today announced a multiyear agreement through 2023-24 for worldwide, multi-media rights to 24 NCAA championships and exclusive multi-media rights outside the United States, its territories and Bermuda for the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. The new agreement, which takes effect immediately, also provides expanded coverage of each round of the NIT Season Tip-Off and all games from the NIT Postseason Tournament across the ESPN networks.

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ESPN expands its exclusive final round NCAA coverage with 24 NCAA championships:

Winter - Division I men's and women's indoor track & field; Division I men's and women's swimming & diving; Division I women's basketball; Division I wrestling; Division I men's ice hockey; National Collegiate women's bowling; National Collegiate women's gymnastics and National Collegiate men's and women's fencing.

The good news is that as part of this agreement, ESPN will also air select rounds of the NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament on ESPN3. In years past, a few of the games during the NCAA Regionals were either relegated to ESPNU, aired on tape-delay or not televised at all. Sounds like we won't run into this problem going forward with all the early round games streaming online at a minimum.

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